Whitmarsh: ‘I hope Hamilton realises his mistake’

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Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012In the round-up: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh hopes Lewis Hamilton decides his move to Mercedes is a mistake.

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Q&A with McLaren?s Martin Whitmarsh (F1)

“He is not going to say ??hey, they offered me more money?. He is also not going to say that he?s made an awful mistake. I hope he thinks today that he?s made an awful mistake and I hope he thinks that next year. He?s made that decision and he has to live with that decision.”

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Team principal John Booth: “Last weekend?s race in Abu Dhabi had us on the edge of our pit wall seats at various points, as it reminded us that to hold on to 10th in the Constructors? Championship, we cannot control what happens further up the field, ahead of our own private duel with Caterham. We have to continue closing that gap and find the momentum to get ahead of them on track. We?ve come very close in recent races, despite their KERS advantage, and we?ll remain in dogged pursuit of this objective right up until the chequered flag in Brazil.”

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I think Robin Frijns is the only driver who really deserves a shot. Valtteri Bottas might get one, but if he really was as highly-rated as Williams make him out to be, they would have ditched Senna long ago and put Bottas in his car full-time.

The rest have either taken too long to become competitive (e.g. Davide Valsecchi), need more work (Felipe Nasr), don?t really have any options for race seats (Antonio Felix da Costa), have suffered phenomenal bad luck in the timing of their career choices (Robert Wickens), or have already risen as far as they are going to (Johnny Cecotto Jnr).
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138 comments on Whitmarsh: ‘I hope Hamilton realises his mistake’

  1. Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 10th November 2012, 12:12

    Lewis will realise that he made a mistake IF the car didn’t had these issues, cant finish a race. If the car was nice and he was winning he would regret, but what should he regret now? Nothing

  2. I get the impression that most of the people here have no experience of managing a team of well paid experts
    first thing you have to learn is to judge what is most important to each individual , and beyond a certain point it certainly isn’t money

    I have never met hamilton , nor am ever likely to , but it seems clear to me that what now matters MOST to him is his legacy…how many times he is WDC
    regrettably McLaren , as a team , is a curate’s egg …good in parts …sometimes brilliant , sometimes woeful …season after season it’s the same story ; you only have to look at where Kimi or alonso are this year to know that consistency is critical …why was jim clark only wdc twice instead of 5 or 6 times ?
    which is why I believe hamilton’s move to mercedes is a good move for him , the team has finally been given the resources to do the job , ok , not up to the level of the current top 3 teams , but close enough
    as a long term follower of McLaren I am disappointed , no driver is quicker than hamilton and he will be sorely missed
    but it is a sign of hamilton’s maturity that he has taken the long view , if the luck he has had this year continues McLaren will produce a brilliant reliable car for 2013 and jenson will win the WDC again , while hamilton , as he expects , won’t even win a race but stay in the midfield
    but when the dice get rolled in 2014 ? we shall see

    incidentally , recent medical research using MRI has found that male brains keep changing until the age of 25/26 ….so women are correct in their assesment of males acting like little boys until then !

    • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 10th November 2012, 15:17

      if the luck he has had this year continues McLaren will produce a brilliant reliable car for 2013 and jenson will win the WDC again , while hamilton , as he expects , won’t even win a race but stay in the midfield

      oh man, wouldn’t that be something? I might stop watching F1 to avoid a coronary…

  3. Young One said on 10th November 2012, 13:48

    WM only objective since he took control seems to be making sure JB scores more points than LH. By the end of the season after more retirements, sure JB will be ahead of LH like last year, but what did it add to McLaren?

  4. Wow @prisoner-monkeys absolute best COTD

    • I have to disagree partially with the Bottas part; Williams obviously feel he is better than Senna otherwise they wouldn’t let him in the car at all. I believe Bottas will be in the Williams next year along with Maldonado.

      I think the main reason why they haven’t already ditched Senna is because it would compromise the team at this stage, and anyway Bottas is gathering experience now for what I believe will be his debut year next season.

  5. The rest have either taken too long to become competitive (e.g. Davide Valsecchi), need more work (Felipe Nasr), don’t really have any options for race seats (Antonio Felix da Costa), have suffered phenomenal bad luck in the timing of their career choices (Robert Wickens), or have already risen as far as they are going to (Johnny Cecotto Jnr).
    @prisoner-monkeys

    As you said, apart from Nasr the other drivers are, based on current form, worthy of an f1 drive. Whether they will get one is a different matter. Da Costa will likely not be in F1 in 2013, but he deserves to.

  6. Ash356 (@ash356) said on 10th November 2012, 17:37

    This title actually made me laugh my ass off after the last race, and Mclarens seemingly unending ineptitude this season. Seriously Martin?
    It’s like a paradigm shift, Lewis was shown at Abu Dhabi being really courteous to his mechanics and race engineers despite being put out of the race by reliability, now Whitmarsh is acting like that time Hamilton thought Button has unfollowed him on twitter.
    Whitmarsh may one day eat these words.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th November 2012, 21:02

    I don’t really think Whitmarsh can be so categoric in his assessment of Hamilton’s decision. McLaren started out this year as the best outfit (ignoring shambolic pit proceedings) so therefore had the most to lose…and lost it. They’ve recently delivered a consistently inconsistent MP4-27 for Hamilton and the last time they did anything major in the Constructors championship was well over a decade ago (oh and scraping together a WDC). With that in mind all Hamilton is doing is moving to another also-ran, Mercedes. They’re the most disappointing team in F1 but they’re relatively new to this so I’ll let them off.

    Maybe my view on McLaren is a little harsh but equally so, Whitmarsh shouldn’t throw stones in glass houses.

  8. Switchbacker (@switchbacker) said on 11th November 2012, 14:10

    Whitmarsh has gotta be the most unllikeable and irritating figures in F1.

    His reign at McLaren has been a disaster, he’s lost one of the sports greats and ruined his career, and still cant shut up, but comes out with this petty bile.

    I hope Mercedes give Lewis decent reliable car so he can wipe the floor with Button and Perez, as he obviously is capable of, and that Whitmarsh is dismissed when failing to win anything in 6 yeras and losing best driver.

    Ron Dennis to Whitmarsh – from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  9. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 12th November 2012, 11:13

    Uh not the best COTD seen on here, just seems like somewhat insightful guessing on the rookies, and the trademark PM swipe at Bruno Senna.

  10. Akshay said on 12th November 2012, 15:31

    I was a Mclaren fan . But they have become sore , boring and incompetent to say the least .What is a team without consistency. This year they had the perfect car at the beginning and let it slip by not developing it . Ferrari with alonso has just shown how it is done . Why should Hamilton stay on despite the numerous DNFs this year and pit stop troubles. All the best to Lewis . He can switch again to better teams if 2014 doesn’t pan out properly .

  11. The Limit said on 12th November 2012, 16:08

    Martin Whitmarsh to me sounds like a man who knows that, if 2013 is another disaster, he could well lose his position at McLaren. I do buy into the argument that McLaren believed that Hamilton would resign with them, that he had few options, and they were wrong. You only have to look at the roster of drivers, good drivers, that McLaren have let slip through their fingers. In the last decade they had and then lost Montoya, Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso and all of those are world class drivers. Two of those are world champions as is Lewis Hamilton.
    Ofcourse McLaren have won grands prix in 2012, but that was to be expected from a team that is only second to Ferrari in terms of F1 championships. The fact that McLaren have fallen behind Ferrari and Red Bull this year is worrying, and their focus for 2013 should not be Hamilton but how they can improve as a team. Personally, I don’t think they are as strong overall anymore to compete with the likes of Ferrari and especially Red Bull.
    And as we are on the subject of Red Bull, it was not so long ago that Adrian Newey worked for McLaren and yet they still could not dominate in the way that Red Bull have. The Mika Hakkinen era is a distant memory now, consigned to history, and McLaren have to face facts.
    I have confidence in the likes of Ross Brawn and others to turn Mercedes around. They have the backing and first dibbs at the engines as they make them, opposed to McLaren who just buy them. Norbert Haug is also another important piece of the puzzle that Mercedes have and McLaren don’t, and this could prove important. Back in the 1990′s, no one thought Ferrari were going anywhere and that Michael Schumacher was foolish for leaving Benetton. He had just won back to back titles with them, but look what happened? Success was not instant, Schumacher had to wait four years to win another championship, but long term the gamble paid off in the biggest way possible. As for Benetton, they no longer exist!
    Also this is a golden opportunity for Hamilton to make an F1 team truly his in the way that Alonso and Vettel have done at their teams. To be successfull in F1 you have to be a good politician, you have to have the team on your wave length and on your side. This was not the case in recent years at McLaren and now we are seeing the reasons why! No more false lovey dovey propaganda from Whitmarsh about how the team loves one another, now that Hamilton has jumped ship, the sharp knives can come out and do their work. Just what I always expected!
    However, despite this, one could rightly argue that Hamilton himself played a massive part in the McLaren deal falling through. The infamous comments on Twitter at Spa exposed to the world Hamilton’s mindset, and also his weaknesses. He has to curb that at Mercedes thats for sure, but as for Whitmarsh. Tick tick tick.

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